Gill Dunn

Diabetes Specialist Nurse,
MSD

Gill Dunn is a Diabetes Specialist Nurse with responsibility for Healthcare Professional education for long term conditions for Buckinghamshire CCG. Gill began specialising in diabetes in 1990 as a Practice Nurse working for 10 years in Primary Care. In 2003 she joined Ashfield Healthcare as a Diabetes Specialist Nurse/Advisor working on the very successful ‘Insulin for Life’ project supporting insulin initiation and management in Primary Care.

In 2013 she joined Buckinghamshire CCG. Her first priority was to improve clinical variation in diabetes management and prescribing, supporting healthcare professionals both clinically and educationally. Her first project involved upskilling staff in the timely introduction of first and second-line therapy which has contributed to outstanding improvement in NDA results the following year.

In 2016-17 she developed a programme of education for Carers and Nursing Home staff to meet an unmet need within the sector to try and improve diabetes management for residents across Buckinghamshire. This Care Home project delivered as a Joint Working Agreement with MSD and Buckinghamshire CCG has facilitated working with a national leader Professor Alan Sinclair and was presented at the ‘Older People’s Diabetes Network’ conference last year.

As part of the Buckinghamshire Diabetes Transformation project she now leads on clinical and educational support and having developed a ‘Diabetes Education Programme’ is currently working to replicate this model for all long term conditions acrosGill Dunn is a Diabetes Specialist Nurse with responsibility for Healthcare Professional education for long term conditions for Buckinghamshire CCG. Gill began specialising in diabetes in 1990 as a Practice Nurse working for 10 years in Primary Care. In 2003 she joined Ashfield Healthcare as a Diabetes Specialist Nurse/Advisor working on the very successful ‘Insulin for Life’ project supporting insulin initiation and management in Primary Care.

In 2013 she joined Buckinghamshire CCG. Her first priority was to improve clinical variation in diabetes management and prescribing, supporting healthcare professionals both clinically and educationally. Her first project involved upskilling staff in the timely introduction of first and second-line therapy which has contributed to outstanding improvement in NDA results the following year.

In 2016-17 she developed a programme of education for Carers and Nursing Home staff to meet an unmet need within the sector to try and improve diabetes management for residents across Buckinghamshire. This Care Home project delivered as a Joint Working Agreement with MSD and Buckinghamshire CCG has facilitated working with a national leader Professor Alan Sinclair and was presented at the ‘Older People’s Diabetes Network’ conference last year.

As part of the Buckinghamshire Diabetes Transformation project she now leads on clinical and educational support and having developed a ‘Diabetes Education Programme’ is currently working to replicate this model for all long term conditions across the CCG. This includes an increased focus on the diagnosis and management of mental health issues in long term conditions as well as assisting Care and Support planning to improve patient self-management.s the CCG. This includes an increased focus on the diagnosis and management of mental health issues in long term conditions as well as assisting Care and Support planning to improve patient self-management.

Gill has recently been awarded the prestigious title of Queen’s Nurse by community nursing charity The Queen’s Nurse Institute. The title is awarded for a commitment to high standards of patient care, learning and leadership.

Buckinghamshire CCG is one of the 10 vanguard national ‘Integrated Care Systems’ and as part of the diabetes team Gill is continuing to support the ICS priorities to enable seamless joined up working. The role Gill has within the Diabetes care model allows her to work in collaboration with Medicines Management, CCG, Primary, Secondary and Community care to determine optimal management for diabetes.

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